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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 30 January, 2015
Updated 30 January, 2015
5,622 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 666 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 369 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 184 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 170 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fusionone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Office culture is good. Provided good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not much growth opportunities. Slow moving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus more certain parts of business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Customer Support Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    great culture, good salary, nice environment for growing own skills

    Cons

    under high demand environment, support for sensitive customers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    High pay, flexible work, great people, fun environment!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    higher pay than industry avg, great benefits, ability to work from home, lots of training and presentations through webexes, fun people to work with

    Cons

    too many layers of Management that are the real cancer----your direct Manager won't have a clue of what you're actually doing. Seems like you need to work smart, not hard, to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    in your monthly one-on-ones with your staff, at least put an effort that you are interested in the conversation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Challenging work. Customer focus. Remote work possible.

    Cons

    Long long hours, expected to work off hours with remote teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance, salary parity, better opportunities for growth

  6.  

    Good work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    -Good company for a stable career
    -Very friendly environment

    Cons

    -Easy to become complacent
    -Not a lot of challenge

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work if you love computer networks

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    Cisco is definitely the #1 computer networking company in the world, and there are plenty of opportunities to do fun things in that field. Much of the company's growth is through buying smaller start-ups, although there are plenty of people who have been with Cisco for 10-20 years and would never consider leaving.

    Cons

    Given Cisco's size, they tend to be rather bureaucratic and don't always do things in a "modern" way. Some of the software development infrastructure is getting old, although there are certainly attempts to modernize it.

    They tend to cut 5-10% of their work force each year, which is bad if you're not a very high-performing person.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Exceptional Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High calibre team, visionary leadership, excellent benefits, and strong community involvement along with above average pay make Cisco a great place to work.

    Cons

    As with any large company, navigating to do internal problem-solving can be a challenge. Employees are always under tremendous pressure to deliver results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time worrying about internal reporting, and invest more time on the client and the results will follow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    - interesting technologies. A deep dive into networking with the industry leader.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cisco has good compensation, excellent bonuses. There is an employee stock purchase plan and Matching Retirement plan to 4% of salary. Always working with cutting edge networking technologies. Skills obtained at Cisco are reuseable in job market.

    Cons

    Cisco is very competitive, and uses forced ranking to evaluate employee performance. Cisco is extremely fact paced, due to rapidly changing market priorities. For this reason it can become stressful - not for the feint of heart!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent experience

    Current Employee - Manager - Engineering in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Manager - Engineering in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well-paid, and the flexibility to work from home when necessary is great. They provide the tools necessary to be an effective employee from your home and it definitely helps when you have a young family.

    Cons

    It is a large company full of lengthy processes to complete even the simplest tasks, this can be frustrating as you feel that you are losing real-world skills to be a more productive Cisco employee.

  11.  

    cross functional co-op students

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op Student in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Co-Op Student in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment for university students

    Cons

    Training program is not established well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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